Walter Davis

William W Gresham Jr Entrepreneurial Professor and Professor of Management


Walter D. Davis is a Professor of Management and Wm. W. Gresham Entrepreneurial Professor at The University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He teaches MBA and Professional MBA courses in organizational behavior, doctoral courses in human resource management, and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurial leadership, strategic management, and advanced human resource management. He received the Outstanding Campus MBA Professor award in 2021, and the Outstanding Online MBA Professor award in 2023.

Professor Davis conducts research focusing on entrepreneurial learning, innovative employee work behavior, goal orientation, and corporate social responsibility. His research has been funded by the U.S. Army Research Institute and the Office of Naval Research and has been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Group and Organization Management, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Performance, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Family Business Review.

He serves as a senior associate editor for the journal Group and Organization Management and has served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Research, and The International Journal of Leadership Studies. Professor Davis received the School of Business Outstanding Publication of the Year award in 2020.


B.A. Psychology, Oklahoma State University Main Campus (1990)

M.B.A. Business, Oklahoma State University Main Campus (1992)

Ph.D. Management, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Cam (1998)